A 25-year-old man has been fined after being convicted o a breach of Covid travel restrictions last year

Jordan Quinn from Athlumney Castle in Navan was observed driving in an Ashbourne estate and had claimed he was delivering a birthday card for the mother of a friend of his.

A 5km travel limit was in place at the time.

Garda Aisling Brady told the court that at 12:10am she saw a car exiting the Johnswood Estate in Ashboune.

She activated the blue light and spoke to the driver who gave his correct address.

Level five restrictions were in place during the pandemic and only those carrying out essential journeys or travel were exempt.

The defendant told her he was on his way home from work and informed her about the delivery of the birthday card but then couldn’t remember who he had delivered it to.

An €80 penalty ticket was issued but this was not paid.

The defendant said in court that he told the Garda about the birthday card but said he also offered to give a letter saying he was an essential worker.

The court was told that the direct route from Dublin Port to his home was on the M3.

However, he said he drove through Ashbourne every day to get to the port.

Judge John O’Leary said that it had been established beyond doubt that the defendant had departed from the direct route home.

He added that at that time, because of the fear of Covid, hundreds of people could not attend victims’ funerals.

He imposed a fine of €160.